Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The New Humanism

A really great article from David Brooks on the lack of attention dedicated to character development.

My favorite quote:

"When we raise our kids, we focus on the traits measured by grades and SAT scores. But when it comes to the most important things like character and how to build relationships, we often have nothing to say. Many of our public policies are proposed by experts who are comfortable only with correlations that can be measured, appropriated and quantified, and ignore everything else."

I believe that the synagogue can and must serve as a place in our society where relationships and character building are central. Hopefully, we will fulfill this mission and others will feel empowered to take on this important task as well.